Comparing Design Options

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Once you’ve made the important decision to introduce natural daylight to a space, there are still endless ways to go about it. But there aren’t endless ways to get it right. There are material selections, placement and opening size options, as well as building geometries and space orientation to consider.

Daylight modeling allows you to compare multiple designs to see how they will perform.

Material Selection

Not sure whether translucent or transparent glazing is right for your project? Our daylight modeling can show the light levels you’ll achieve with our translucent panels, which diffuse light deeper into spaces versus glass. You’ll be able to identify areas where the glare admitted by glass windows is acceptable and where it’s not. All we need is the visible light transmittance value of the glass being used and we can provide valuable data for your design.

Photos by: Mark Herboth

Placement and Rough Openings

Are you planning to daylight with clerestories? Punched wall openings? S-line skylights? Or maybe you are looking for more monumental daylighting. Daylight modeling can show the impact of these different placement options and identify where you might need to add, or even be able to subtract, daylighting elements.

still hopes retirement communityPhotos by: Mark Duffus
still hopes retirement community night time

Building Geometry and Space Orientation

Is your massing strategy working based on your solar orientation? Are your light wells configured correctly or are they too deep or not splayed enough? Do your roof’s overhangs cause excessive shading that undermines your daylighting strategy? There’s so much more to learn about your daylighting designs through the process of daylight modeling. Try it yourself and experience daylighting done right.


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